Political Link List: October 8, 2012

New York Times: With Biden Up Next to Debate, Obama’s Aides Plot Comeback (by Peter Baker and Trip Gabriel)
Key passage: “Thursday’s debate between Mr. Biden and Mr. Ryan may not draw quite the same audience, but both sides view it as critical and are preparing for a contentious clash. “With Paul Ryan, it’s a different dynamic” than when he debated Sarah Palin in 2008, said Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor who played Ms. Palin in debate practice then. The vice president “can go hard on policy.””

Washington Post: Did past week’s events change Romney’s, Obama’s fortunes? (by Dan Balz)
Key passage: “One thing worth watching is whether there is a coming confluence of national polls and battleground state polls — and whether it truly puts Romney in a position to win the election. This year, perhaps more than in any recent election, there have been two campaigns: the one that plays out nationally and the one waged in the handful of battleground states where most of the candidates’ time and money has been invested.”

New York Times: Spinning Gaffes Into Gags: Live From New York, It’s Debate Night (by Bill Carter)
Key passage: “Political season is high-anxiety season for “SNL,” which even in the age of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert is known for its definitive parodies of political debates. That includes Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton promoting his record in Arkansas (“Just this year we passed Mississippi to become 41st in the prevention of rickets”), Dana Carvey as both George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot, and a 2000 debate between a pedantic Al Gore and an addled George W. Bush, in which each offered one-word summaries of their campaigns, “lockbox” and “strategery.””